Private Clarinet Lessons

Ages 5 and up

Beginner students spend their first lessons learning the basic mechanics of playing the instrument. A variety of mouthpiece, breathing, fingering, and tonguing exercises are incorporated to lay a strong foundation and ease of playing. Students are also introduced to reading music, covering common fingerings and rhythms through 8th notes. Students stay below the break (middle B) for most of the Beginner level and proper fingering technique is consistently reinforced to make it easier for them to cross it later. A variety of melodies from classical, jazz, and popular music are used to help them progress and enjoy the process.

Intermediate students work more in-depth with all aspects of the instrument. The Rubank method series is used extensively to introduce the student to a lifetime of technical exercises, introducing more advanced rhythms and a variety of major and minor scales. Fluency with crossing the break and a full, clear sound developed from the chalmeau(low) to the clarion (high) range. Additional solo repertoire is selected based on the student’s interests (classical, jazz, popular, etc.) and skill levels for fun and further development. Selected music for listening is frequently assigned to help develop the student’s tonal concept and style on their instrument. For students that are interested, improvisation is introduced via the blues and simple jazz chord progressions.

Advanced students focus on interpretation of style, improvisation, and theory as it applies to the genre of music they are studying. For Jazz students, advanced theory, arranging techniques, and improvisation through chord scales, substitutions, transcriptions and melodic concepts are covered. Composition is encouraged at this point. All students focus on repertoire, advanced technique through the advanced Rubank books and supplemental materials, and interpretation through etudes and solo work.

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